WFI chief compares wrestlers’ protest with Shaheen Bagh stir, refuses to stop


BJP MP and Wrestling Federation of India President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. File.
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Beneath-fire Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on Friday termed the protest by the nation’s prime grapplers “dharna of Shaheen Bagh” and reiterated that he gained’t stop from the publish.

The agitating wrestlers on Friday reached out to the Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA), demanding formation of an enquiry committee to probe the allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to Singh, a day after threatening to lodge a number of FIRs in opposition to the WFI chief.

Nevertheless, Singh has caught to his stand to not relinquish the publish.

“The protest by wrestlers against me is the dharna of Shaheen Bagh,” Singh, who can be a sixth-time Lok Sabha MP from UP’s Kaisarganj constituency, instructed reporters in his native place right here.

Singh additionally termed the protest in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar an assault on BJP and orchestrated by the Congress social gathering.

Earlier chatting with a TV channel, he had mentioned, “The protesting players have become a toy in the hands of Congress and Deepinder Hooda. This type of conspiracy was done against me by the Congress almost three decades ago. Once again the conspiracy has been repeated.

The accused Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has said that the allegations being levied against him are part of a political conspiracy. In a Facebook post today, the Kaiserganj member of Parliament said that he will address a press conference in the evening on the same.

In his previous responses to the allegations, Mr. Singh had denied any incident of sexual harassment. “If such a thing has happened, then I will hang myself,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.

“Sexual harassment is a big allegation. How can I take action when my own name has been dragged into this? I am ready for an investigation,” he had mentioned, including that he gained’t stop.

Prime Indian wrestlers have accused Mr. Singh of sexual exploitation of younger athletes on the ladies’s nationwide camp, Olympic bronze medallist Bajrang Punia mentioned that a number of extra wrestlers have been prepared to step ahead.

“Yesterday there were two girls. Now we have five to six girls who are willing to step forward with proof,” Mr. Punia instructed the media at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar the place he and several other worldwide and Olympic medallists had gathered in protest since Tuesday. The protesting wrestlers are demanding that the federal government instantly disband the Wrestling Federation of India.

A late night time assembly with Union Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday remained inconclusive as they refused to again down from their demand.

The marathon assembly started round 10 pm on Thursday and the wrestlers left Mr. Thakur’s home at 1:45 am. Olympic medallists Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya, Sakshi Malik and world championship medallist Vinesh Phogat have been a part of the assembly.

The wrestlers will meet the Sports activities minister once more on Friday, in keeping with authorities officers.

The Ministry can not drive Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh to resign until it receives a written reply from the WFI for the reason that authorities itself has requested the wrestling physique for an evidence.

The WFI is but to reply to the Sports activities Ministry, which on Wednesday gave the wrestling physique 72 hours to reply to allegations of sexual harassment of a number of lady athletes and intimidation by its president.

(With inputs from PTI)

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